Our Faculty

Matthew Cates

Artistic Director, CEO, Professor of Keyboard Interpretation, Professor of Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique

Matthew is a pianist, organist, and composer who has performed in many venues across the United States and Europe. An expert in Alexander Technique and injury prevention for keyboardists, Matthew teaches our technique classes in addition to private lessons.

Learn more here: Matthew Cates

Email: mcates@durufleacademy.org

Joshua Sobel

Artistic Director, COO, Professor of Theory and Keyboard Interpretation

Joshua is an organist, pianist, and improviser who has been praised for his “ease and confidence” at the keyboard. He is also an avid composer and improviser, notably improvising a three-voice fugue as a church prelude at the age of six. Joshua teaches private lessons as well as music theory classes for the Duruflé Academy.

Learn more here: Joshua Sobel

Email: joshua@sobel.cc

Kelsey Carlisle

Assistant Professor of Piano, Professor of Jazz Studies

Kelsey is an avid performer of classical, blues, and jazz music on the piano. He has toured extensively around the US and has been praised for his authentic and exciting interpretations of 20th-century American music. Kelsey teaches private lessons for the MDA, as well as coaching students specifically on jazz, blues, and modern American music.

Learn more here: Kelsey Carlisle

Carlene Soderberg

Professor of Cello, Lecturer on Modern Music

Carlene Soderberg is a cellist and devout interpreter of modern music. She has performed a variety of repertoire throughout the United States and has been praised for her “daring and innovative interpretations“. The world of modern classical music is her focus. She has premiered new music by composers such as Benjamin Cauley and Michael Mikulka. Her passion for playing and programming works by living composers extends from chamber music to solo repertoire.

Learn more here: Carlene Soderberg